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For the past year, rugged Romanian welterweight Victor Lupo has unsuccessfully stalked undefeated WBC International welterweight beltholder Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco. His persistence will soon pay-off, though, as the WBC recently ordered promoters Hennessy Sports (Lupo) and OPI 2000 (Lo Greco) to negotiate an agreement or Lo Greco-Lupo will go to purse bid next month. (more…)
Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions announced today that Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse and Jessie Vargas vs. Josesito Lopez have been added to the September 17 PPV mega-event from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The night of boxing will kick-off with a super lightweight bout featuring undefeated rising star Vargas in his HBO Pay-Per-View debut against hard-hitting Lopez, followed by the first of the night’s three world title fights as Mexican boxing legend Morales will face power punching Argentine Matthysse for the WBC super lightweight world championship. The pay-per-view telecast will then go live to STAPLES Center in Los Angeles with Mexican boxing phenom Canelo Alvarez taking on Alfonso Gomez for the WBC super welterweight world championship, followed by the main event welterweight championship clash between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, live from Las Vegas.
By Brian Grammer
Photo: Ed Mulholland
Fightnews had the opportunity today to speak with Jack Loew, trainer for former middleweight world champion and WBC #1 super middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik. Pavlik shocked the boing world by walking away from a SHOWTIME-televised contest this Saturday night with Daryl Cunningham. Midday on Tuesday, August 2, Pavlik informed Top Rank that he would not be participating in their upcoming show on Saturday, August 6th, leaving his fans, promoter, the arena where the bout was to be held, Covelli Centre, and a huge national TV audience hanging. Loew, who has been Pavlik’s trainer for his entire career, agreed to an interview with Fightnews to give his perspective on the matter. (more…)
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Undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (6-0, 4 KOs) will headline a fight card on September 16th at the Purcell Pavilion at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The event takes place the night before the Fighting Irish football team takes the field against arch-rivals Michigan State is the first ever professional boxing event held at Notre Dame and Lee has pledged that all profits from the event will be donated to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend. The 24-year-old Lee graduated from Notre Dame in 2009, earning a finance degree from the Mendoza School of Business while finishing at the top of his class. While at Notre Dame, Lee was a three-time Bengal Bouts school boxing champion and also won the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2009.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The finalists of the “Quien Pinta para la Corona?” tournament in Mexico will earn a purse of 500,000 pesos (about $42,000) for the Grand Final. The fourth of ten events will take place in Acapulco. Within the tournament and there are several outstanding prospects, among them: Jose ‘Piston’ Lopez, Romulo Koashisa and Mauricio Pintor. The award is presented with support Grupo Modelo, Grupo Comex, Promociones del Pueblo and the WBC will likely install the winners as contenders in their weight divisions. The “Quien Pinta para la Corona?” Tournament Grand Final is planned for November 26 in either Mexico City or Monterrey. There is also the possibility that WBA featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez will defend his belt that night.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials continued on Tuesday with the unbeaten boxers in the champions bracket receiving a well deserved rest, while those saddled with a loss contested the second round of the double elimination challengers bracket . . . Click here for more
Two weeks after his successful defense against Hugo Hernan Garay in Munich, Germany, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) married on Saturday in Serbia his fiancée Amina. In Tutin, near Novi Pazar, a registrar wedded the pair during a big ceremony with more than 1,000 guests. Manager Wilfried Sauerland with his wife Jochi and former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) visited the party. The 26-year-old Huck is now on his honeymoon with his new wife. More photos
The reality of being a rising star in the UFC began to set in for Rory MacDonald in his native province of British Columbia a little over a year ago, as he prepped for his UFC 115 bout with Carlos Condit.
“It was like a mob and I really didn’t expect it,” he said of the fan reaction to him in Vancouver. But things really hit home when strangers began calling him by the nickname his gym buddies had given him years earlier – “The Waterboy.”. . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to a reliable source, Hall of Fame promoter Don King has secured the support of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for a possible IBF world championship fight in Nicaragua featuring Ricardo Mayoga against current IBF super welterweight champion Cornelius Bundrage. During a tour of Central America that also included a stop in Costa Rica, King visited Nicaragua to meet with Ortega. And at a Tuesday night event, Ortega has agreed to host the event on November 15 after the presidential election. The originally proposed date was October 29 but on November 6 the country has presidential elections. The event was attended by Nicaraguan champions Juan Palacios, Jose Alfaro, Adonis Rivas, Román Gonzalez and Luis Perez. The fight could be held in the National Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua.
By Robert Coster
What makes Chicago-born, San Diego-based jr Middleweight Chris Chatman (9-1-1, 4 KOs) stand apart from other young boxers looking for fame and fortune in the ring? Simply that, in times when “prospects” abound, with undefeated, padded records against hand-picked opposition, Chatman has been ready to fight anywhere and against anybody. Typically, the 27 year-old former navy man, will take a fight on short notice, coming into his opponent’s hometown. In his 11 bout career, Chatman can claim the scalp of three previously unbeaten boxers (Francisco Mora 3-0, Alberto Herrera 7-0 and Lester Gonzalez 11-0).
He lost on points to then 7-0 Demetrius Andrade but gave the touted Olympian all he could handle. The draw on Chris’ ledger was in his last fight, against unbeaten Charles Hartley 14-0, a 2007 national amateur welterweight champion. Chatman knocked him down in the last round. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale will be attending the Port Club, Adelaide, South Australia Sunday It’s a “meet and greet” with fans along with local Cruiserweight prospect Mostyn “The Boss” Niemann, who is fighting on Geale’s undercard on August 31st. South Aussie fight fans are encouraged to come along and meet the champ. Plenty of opportunities to get an autograph if that takes your fancy and get a photo with Dan and his world title belt. There’s going to be a Q & A session with both boxers as well.
Date: Sunday, 7th of August.
Place: The Port Club, Queen Street, Alberton. (08) 8447 9902
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sylwek i Kasia Wosko, Mike Gladysz
Nobody in the right mind will compare just 22-year-old southpaw Artur Szpilka (7-0, 5 KO) to former Polish heavyweight contender Andrzej Gołota (41-8, 33 KO) and today’s boxing powerhouse Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO), but there’s no question that the popular fighter whose name means “The Needle” has an extraordinary talent. When he was an 18-year-old cruiserweight, his skills were recognized in the U.S. by legendary trainer Lou Duva, but nobody knew what kind of fighter would emerge after an 18-month prison sentence for soccer related, unfortunately not boxing sanctioned, fight.
“There was nothing more to do there for eighteen months other than lift weights and play chess. I did both all day,” said Szpilka, who weighed a healthy 222 pounds, when just two months after his prison release, in his first heavyweight bout, he destroyed previously unbeaten Ramiz Hadziaganovic (8-1, 7 KOs) in just 33 seconds. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF Bantamweight Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko and undefeated rising star and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver 118-pound Champion Abner Mares participated in a media conference call on Tuesday to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All taking place on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, will defend his IBF title against the fast-rising, Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in the tournament final. Mares’ WBC Silver bantamweight belt will also be on the line. The world championship fight is promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona. (more…)
Photo: HG BOXING
Focused on keeping her dominion over the flyweight division, Arely “Machine Gun” Muciño will defend her IBF 112 lbs. title against Mexico City’s Susana “Toluquita” Vazquez (8-5-1, 4KOs) on Saturday, August 20th in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico in a fight card presented by the HG Boxing. The unbeaten Muciño (13-0-1, 8KOs) is coming off an electrifying performance last July 2nd in her hometown of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she knocked out the overmatched Soledad “Negra” Macedo of Uruguay in four rounds.
In the semi main event, Moreno Valley, CA’s Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (13-1-3, 4KOs) will defend her WBO bantamweight title for the second time in her first bout with her new promoter, HG Boxing against an opponent to be named. In her last bout, West fought to a hard earned draw versus Ava Knight. Knight is the owner of West’s only loss. Both fights will be televised live by Mexican mega channel Televisa.
By Francisco Salazar
Although numerous pundits rate Nonito Donaire as the number one fighter at 118 pounds, Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares agree that whoever wins their August 13th showdown at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV should be recognized at the legitimate top bantamweight of the world. In a teleconference on Tuesday afternoon, Agbeko (28-2, 22 KO’s) and Mares (21-0-1, 13 KO’s) spoke about the importance of winning SHOWTIME’s bantamweight tournament final and moving on from the postponement of the fight in April, due to Agbeko suffering from sciatica less than a week before the fight was to take place. Agbeko will be defending his world title belt that he won in his last fight against Yonnhy Perez in December 11th. Also on that evening, Mares won the right to face Agneko, defeating Vic Darchinyan by a 12 round split decision.
Joseph Agbeko: “This fight’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’m ready for this fight. It means a lot to me.”
Abner Mares: “Winning the world title and the tournament final are both important. I want to achieve being the best 118-pounder in the world. I don’t want to get a draw or lose in my second opportunity for a world title.”
Tickets are on sale, starting at $25. The bout will headline a card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don King Productions. SHOWTIME will televise the bout live at 10PM ET/ 7PM PT.
By Bob Ryder
Darryl Cunningham spoke to Fightnews.com shortly after the announcement of the cancellation of his scheduled contest with Kelly Pavlik on Saturday night.
What was your reaction when you heard the news?
It did not seem real. When Carlos Llinas (Cunningham’s promoter) called me I was hoping it was someone’s idea of a bad joke. I’m really disappointed.
Were you given an official reason for Pavlik’s pullout?
Was not told anything specific but then I started to hear about this Bute situation. Something about Kelly being upset that he was going to only get 1.5 million to fight Bute in his next fight. C’mon Kelly! I’d fight my own Grandma for 1.5 million and still say Yes Ma’am the next day to her! I have respect for Kelly but really, this is not good. Very un sportsmanlike on his part to do this.
What do you think is the reason he pulled out?
He knew he was going to get put to sleep! He and his people had started to check around and found out about me. They heard about what I can do. He thought I was going to lay down for him, he’d have an easy fight and then go on to Bute. When he started to realize he was in for a real fight, he wanted out. It’s a sad day for boxing and a shame for the boxing fans who wanted to see a good fight. (more…)
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno returned today to Pedro Alcazar Gym in Curundu, Panama, for the first time after his last title defense against Lorenzo Parra on June 17. Despite Moreno’s legal battle against his manager Dr. Roberto Grimaldo started weeks ago, he decided to keep training with Celso Chavez who is a very close friend of Grimaldo and prepares all of his fighters from many years ago. “I never considered to part ways with Celso who has always been a very important contributor to my success” said Moreno, who weighed in at 140 pounds after his month and a half vacation time. “The judge let me negotiate my fights and sign contracts while a final decision is taken, so I decided to accept an offer to face Eric Morel on October 15,” added Moreno.
“Chemito used to start preparation weighing 145 to 148 pounds so I’m pleased about his current weight,” said Chavez.
Looks like Mexican ring legend Erik Morales could be facing Lucas Matthysse, and not Jorge Barrios, for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Word out Argentina is that Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano, manager of Lucas Matthysse, reached an agreement today. Morales-Matthysse would take place on the undercard of the big Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Víctor Ortiz extravaganza.
Morales, who is seeking to become the first Mexican fighter to win a world championship, was initially slated to face Jorge Barrios or Anthony Crolla, which caused some controversy in that neither fighter is currently ranked in the division. Matthysse is rated #7.
Report/photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today at WBC headquarters it was announced that the long awaited showdown between WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and mandatory contender Edgar Sosa will take place in Thailand at the end of October within the annual celebrations of the enthronement of the King of Thailand. October 24, likely in Bangkok is the tentative date. Wonjongkam (89-3-1, 44 KOs) is a two-time WBC flyweight champion who has defended his title on 21 occasions and is one of the greatest champions in the history of Thailand. Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) previously held the WBC light flyweight title and made 10 title defenses losing his crown in a controversial manner against Rodel Mayol. “The WBC will name neutral judges to ensure the success of the event,” promised WBC President Jose Sulaiman. Further details will be announced.
Former middleweight champion and current WBC#1-rated super middleweight contender Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s professional boxing comeback took a wrong turn inasmuch as Pavlik withdrew from his upcoming 10-round bout against Darryl Cunningham today. The Pavlik-Cunningham bout was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH, and was to be televised live on SHOWTIME® as the main event of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Both the broadcast and the live event have been canceled. Ticketholders can get a refund by returning their tickets to the place of purchase.
“Top Rank is very disappointed at Kelly’s sudden decision to discontinue the rebuilding of his boxing career,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, Pavlik’s promoter. “Kelly’s team specifically outlined a strategy for Kelly to return to the ring in an effective fashion. Kelly’s team gave us their objectives and we set them on a course, which began last May with Kelly’s fight against Alfonso Lopez and was to continue on Saturday against Darryl Cunningham. It seems Kelly has derailed this plan.”
By Jose Sulaiman/WBC President
As president of the WBC, I feel that I should make a brief press note in answer to several criticisms received from some writers in regards to the Timothy Bradley case. Bradley is a great fighter and a pride of the WBC. We gave him first the opportunity before any other even noticed him, and he has won the WBC title twice. The WBC is a not-for-profit organization that has its rules, which should be abided by, if any boxer wants to become a WBC Champion.
There are traffic laws that are respected: if you don’t stop at a red light, you are violating the law and will be fined. If you don’t have a driving license you should not drive, or you will be fined. If you issue a check without funds, that is fraud.
Our rules for champions state that each champion should defend the title at least three times a year and when you reach six months of inactivity, the title might be withdrawn, The WBC wrote three times to Timothy, and neither he nor his representatives wrote back, nor have they announced at any time any scheduled fight at all to defend his title. They seemed not to care that there are many other classified boxers who wish to contend for the title, which the champion has frozen.
However, the WBC did not “strip” Bradley. We declared him still “champion in recess” so that he will have the doors of the WBC opened for when he is able to return, while we declared the active championship vacant with the new champion to fight Bradley when he returns to boxing.
As simple as that.
By Michael Sheffield, Memphisboxing.com
Fighter Q&A’s by Tracy Morin
After a three month absence, Prize Fight’s “Fights at the Fitz” series made its return to Tunica on Saturday night with a five-fight card featuring promising newcomer Dusty Harrison. The evening marked Prize Fight’s 92nd straight sellout at The Fitz, an accomplishment that has stretched over the last seven years. Harrison (2-0) topped Trenton Titsworth over four rounds in the headliner. (More)
“Boxeo Telemundo” returns to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida on August 26 with a show being billed as “The Rematch, Rivalry: Puerto Rico vs. Mexico.” The main event will feature a rematch between WBO Latino jr. featherweight champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (18-2-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, who will defend his title against Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-5-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. In their first encounter last April 29 at the Kissimmee Civic Center, Nieves won a controversial split decision in an action packed fight.
Also in action is hot jr. featherweight prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (3-0-3 KOs) of Miami, FL amongst others.
First bell at 8:30 PM, 5 mores fights with local talent round off the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM live in the US and Televisa Deportes Network will televise in Mexico and Central America. Tickets are already on sale at Kissimmee Civic Center. Call 407-935-1412. The event is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc.
On August 27th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, with a six bout card in the Tropicana’s beautiful Ballroom, featuring the always exciting heavyweight fan-favorite, Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) and Atlantic City’s own, Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-4, 12 KOs) in separate bouts. Never in a dull fight, Maddalone is scheduled to square off against Mike Sheppard (19-12-1, 9 KOs) in a ten round heavyweight showdown. Former, WBO NABO welterweight champion Alvarez is set to meet Chris “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (19-13-1, 12 KOs) in an eight round welterweight match-up. Tickets are priced at $30, $50, $100 and $200.
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